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Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Find all the best events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Show the impending indoor season who's boss by getting out and about this weekend. Browse for treasure through someone else's trash at the Suitcase Rummage, try a bunch of quality wines in an Avalon park or buy up big at a terrarium sale. If the only kind of planting you're interested in is your butt in a chair, try the opening weekend program of the Spanish Film Festival or take in some Mozart. Whatever you're preference, we've got you covered with these 20 hits. 

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Convict Escapades

Hyde Park Barracks Museum is inviting children aged 6-12 years old to spend the Easter school holidays in broad arrow shirts, taking instructions from a mean superintendent, a lovesick cook and a convict ‘magpie’ wearing a clown suit. In the 90-minute experience, children will become part of the Barracks’ motley gang of convicts. They’ll meet rat catcher Henry Green and disorderly Ann Carruthers. They’ll also learn some convict slang, as well as lending a hand on laundry day and finding out what it’s really like to sleep in a hammock.

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Hyde Park Barracks Museum , Sydney Monday April 24 2017

Luna Park Rooftop Cinema

Luna Park: not the quietest place in Sydney for an open-air cinema event, right? Never fear – at Luna Park Rooftop Cinema all audience members will be issued with noise-cancelling wireless headphones. A blanket to snuggle under can be hired for $5. And just think of the Sydney Harbour views. They will screen classic films, recent award winners and blockbuster new releases such as The Smurfs: The Lost Village. 

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Luna Park Sydney , Milsons Point Until Thursday April 27 2017

Penguin Passport

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium has launched an extra special tour to its permanent Penguin Expedition to allow visitors to get on the ice and meet the majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins.  You’ll be wrapped up warm in snow suits before entering the Macquarie Island icy wonderland for 45 minutes, where you’ll get to see how the penguins are fed and learn how the trainers interact with the animals in their chilly habitat. Visitors can learn about the aquarium’s penguin breeding program, its work to protect the island from plastic pollution and what they can do to help protect our oceans and wild penguin colonies.

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium , Darling Harbour Until Friday April 20 2018

Aurora Eora

This collaborative project between the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Art Month Sydney matches new music with new public art to explore the heritage of the Barangaroo site. BDA commissioned Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and their young resident composer, Alice Chance, to compose six songs in response to the site and to Barangaroo the woman. Art Month Sydney then selected Sydney artists (Tony Albert, Karen Black, Joan Ross, Reko Rennie and Gemma Smith) to match with five songs and create a new artwork to adorn one of the many construction hoardings in the area.

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Barangaroo Reserve , Barangaroo Until Sunday May 28 2017

Spanish Film Festival

Director Paco Léon's remake of Australia's Little Death, will be the opening night film of the 20th Spanish Film Festival. The film’s bombshell star, Natalia de Molina (Living is Easy with Eyes Closed), will be visiting Australia as festival guest. Closing night film, meanwhile, will be The Trip to Spain – the third ‘trip’ movie, in which Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden play themselves. Check out the full program for everything in between.

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Around Sydney , Sydney Until Sunday May 7 2017

Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

Opening ten days prior to Anzac Day is a free exhibition that follows the stories of Australia’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses in the First World War. The exhibition has been touring Australia for two years, appearing in 23 locations and visited by more than 300,000 people across the country. It features 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial commemorating the experiences of men and women who served during 1914 to 1918, including the last shell fired on Gallipoli. 

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International Convention Centre , Darling Harbour Until Thursday April 27 2017

Live on the Golden Stage

Held semi-regularly on Thursday and Saturday nights, these live music gigs are free and skew towards experimental, jazz and folk sounds – in keeping with the small scale stage and venue.  Click through the Dates & Times tab to see details of who is playing when.

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Golden Age Bar , Surry Hills Thursday April 27 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017

Kader Attia

French-Algerian artist Kader Attia spent the early part of his career directly working with communities in and from Africa affected by colonisation and its aftermath. Perhaps it's no wonder then that he creates installation works that explore cultural exchange and the relationship between the West and the wider world. This survey, curated by the MCA's Rachel Kent, features sculptural installations and video works, including the 2007 installation 'Ghost', in which 160 life-size aluminium-foil figures appear to kneel at prayer in formation.

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) , The Rocks Until Sunday July 30 2017

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MCA Artbar

The Museum of Contemporary Art's monthly party series is curated by a different artist or collective each edition, and features art, performance and design – with killer views, party tunes and hands-on activities with artists. Since Artbar kicked off in May 2012, we’ve seen the MCA's galleries graced with nude performance art, endurance table tennis, house party-style karaoke, vomit montages, huge inflatables and a live goat. Ah, artists. Never change. 

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) , The Rocks Friday April 28 2017 - Friday December 22 2017
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